Riding school that is accessible and affordable in London?

cokelly

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Hey :)

I have just recently moved to London -and had to leave my old pony and rides (friends' horses) at home! So am looking to get my horsey 'fix' here, on a semi-regular basis, if I can!

I have no car here, so has anyone any recommendations for riding schools which I could get to via public transport and walking, and which also are not hugely expensive? Really I wouldn't be keen to pay much over £30 for an hour's group lesson! Is this even possible?!

Appreciate any help!
 

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Hello, welcome to London! Why don't you try Trent Park Equestrian Centre. They have loads of horses of all sizes and abilities, and fantastic off-road hacking. It is a 5 minute walk from Oakwood station (at the end of the Picadilly line). Check out the website - www.trentpark.com
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Vauxhall City Farm? I personally know the YM and the instructor and they are both really good.
 

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It depends where you live but Chelsfield is easy to get to from Charing Cross/London Bridge - the walk at the other end is uphill, though!
 

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Really appreciate the replies- hopefully not be long till I get my fix!

I'm in East London (near Mile End/Limehouse stations)!

Trent Farm looks amazing Tracey and seems very handy to get to. Pricey but I am so tempted by the three hour pub rides... :eek:

Will be checking out Vauxhall Farm too- for the jumping lessons. 45mins isn't enough for me!

Sleighfarer is there a train I should get from Charing Cross/London Bridge? (I just google mapped Chelsfield and it's a 5hour walk :eek: ) haha!

While you're here...any recommendations for saddlers/tack shops? Will need to be getting some gear (hat, boots, jods etc) for over here!
 

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If you're near mile end you can get the DLR to mudchute farm (mudchute or crossharbour stations), I used to ride there and really liked it and learnt a fair bit. My bf lived near there too and we went to lea valley stables to watch horseball once which was only a bus ride away (can't remember which one though!)
 

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Check out Lee Valley Riding Centre if you're that side of London. I got back into riding there about 6 years ago and really enjoyed it - it was cheaper than Trent Park and far better at the time (I think Trent Park is under different management now), plus I got to know a lovely group of people. There's no hacking but they do have a xc field and the do horse ball.
 
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